High Country Weekend Family Events December 4 – 6

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! ‘Tis the Season! We have a great line-up of Christmas events this weekend. Hope you all have a wonderful holiday-filled weekend! See all the family-friendly events below:

December 4:

1. Christmas at Apple Hill Farm  Now through Sunday, December 13, the farm will be offering mini-tours on Fridays, Saturdays, and Christmas at Apple Hill FarmSundays from 10am to 4pm.

The farm store is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10am to 4pm for all your gift shopping needs.

Join in for a tour of our working alpaca farm where you can meet our alpacas, llamas, goats, donkeys, chickens, and more! After your tour, stop by our farm store to warm up with some homemade hot chocolate while you browse our farm store. You can even pick up a hand-tied wreath or locally grown table top tree.

The Apple Hill Farm Store has been turned into a one-of-a-kind Christmas store with a wide selection of alpaca yarn, socks, scarves, blankets, and teddy bears, as well as a unique collection of locally made gifts and Christmas items for the people on your list.

Grandfather Mountain2. Grandfather Mountain Dollar Days – Celebrate the stillness of winter atop Grandfather Mountain and take advantage of the Dollar Days deals. Residents and employees of Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga and Wilkes counties, along with guests traveling in the same vehicle, pay only $3 per person to enter Grandfather Mountain. Proof of residency or employment required. In lieu of $3, the park also accepts a donation of 3 cans of food per person for distribution to local food pantries. More information available at grandfather.com or 800-468-7235.

3. Family Movies {Now Playing}

4. Chetola’s Festival of Trees – Chetola’s Festival of Trees is a magical holiday event that is sure to please all who walk through the door! Join in the holiday fun at Chetola Resort as the Appalachian/Blue Ridge Room will be transformed into a Christmas spectacle for this inaugural event in support of Western Youth Network. Over 75 themed trees and wreaths will be on display for your viewing enjoyment, along with free hot chocolate and cider to warm your insides as you stroll throughout the room and admire the creativity and dazzling lights.

5. Boone Tree Lighting – 6:30 p.m. The annual lighting of the downtown Boone Christmas Tree is at the Jones House on Friday, December 4th. After the tree lighting we encourage you to stay downtown to enjoy all the festivities of First Friday.

6. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – All our old friends, plus a few new ones, are here in this marvelous musical adaptation. We’ll meet the captivating Princess Snow White, the prince, the evil queen and, of course, the seven mischievous dwarfs — Sarge, Gabby, Gloomy Gus, Ticklish, Spritely, Snore, and Slowpoke. Following the traditional storyline, the fairy tale is brought to life with an eclectic score of music. Come celebrate the holidays with the fantastic all youth production!

Showtimes are December 4-5 (Friday & Saturday) at 7:00pm

7. App Ski Mountain Midnight Blast Session: App Ski is open for the season. Special session of Midnight Blast is 5pm – Midnight. The ice skating rink is open. Please click here for slope updates.

8. Chetola Resort Festival of Lights Friday, November 27 and Saturday, November 28, 2015 Horse & Carriage Rides around Chetola Lake 5:30pm-9:30pm Adults: $18 Children 3-12: $11 Children 2 and younger: Free *No pre-reservations will be taken; sign-up for each night’s rides begins at 5pm in Timbers Room on each respective day Santa Visits Chetola!  *Free Festival of Lights Begins Friday, Nov. 27 at dusk

9. Bonfires at Chetola – Enjoy some outdoor fun with your friends at the new fire pit by Chetola Lake at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock. Bonfires are scheduled for 8 to 11 p.m. every Friday evening, weather permitting. Kids can purchase $5 s’mores kits and roast their marshmallows over the open fire. The event also features an outdoor cash bar and live music. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Timberlake’s Restaurant at Chetola at (828) 295-5505, or visit www.chetola.com.

December 5:

1. 2015 Watauga Education Foundation FlapJack Flip – A fun way to help the Watauga Education Foundation help our schools. So come out and enjoy a delicious breakfast with friends, shop a little at the Boone Service League’s Holiday Market and get in the Holiday spirit with festive music by our own Watauga County students! I heard Santa will be there, as well!

Grandfather Mountain2. Grandfather Mountain Dollar Days – Celebrate the stillness of winter atop Grandfather Mountain and take advantage of the Dollar Days deals. Residents and employees of Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga and Wilkes counties, along with guests traveling in the same vehicle, pay only $3 per person to enter Grandfather Mountain. Proof of residency or employment required. In lieu of $3, the park also accepts a donation of 3 cans of food per person for distribution to local food pantries. More information available at grandfather.com or 800-468-7235.

3. Michaels Kids Club® Clothespin Christmas Characters – ($2) Kids craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project and take home a finished masterpiece.

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4. Christmas at Apple Hill Farm  Friday, November 13 through Sunday, December 13, the farm will be offering mini-tours on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10am to 4pm.

The farm store is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10am to 4pm for all your gift shopping needs.
Join in for a tour of our working alpaca farm where you can meet our alpacas, llamas, goats, donkeys, chickens, and more! After your tour, stop by our farm store to warm up with some homemade hot chocolate while you browse our farm store. You can even pick up a hand-tied wreath or locally grown table top tree.

The Apple Hill Farm Store has been turned into a one-of-a-kind Christmas store with a wide selection of alpaca yarn, socks, scarves, blankets, and teddy bears, as well as a unique collection of locally made gifts and Christmas items for the people on your list.

5. Boone Christmas Parade – 11:00 a. m. We hope everyone will join us in welcoming the holiday season to downtown Boone with the Boone Christmas Parade!  Stop by the Jones House after the parade for warm cider and holiday treats.

6. Chetola’s Festival of Trees – Chetola’s Festival of Trees is a magical holiday event that is sure to please all who walk through the door! Join in the holiday fun at Chetola Resort as the Appalachian/Blue Ridge Room will be transformed into a Christmas spectacle for this inaugural event in support of Western Youth Network. Over 75 themed trees and wreaths will be on display for your viewing enjoyment, along with free hot chocolate and cider to warm your insides as you stroll throughout the room and admire the creativity and dazzling lights.

7. Banner Elk Parade of Lights and Tree Lighting Parade starts at 5:00 p.m. After the Parade: Special Christmas Tree Lighting in the Heart of Banner Elk, on the grounds of the Historic Banner Elk School with a performance by The Lees-McRae Highlanders.
★Enjoy a train ride thru the luminary lighted park
★Live Nativity

8. Family Movies {Now Playing}

9. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – All our old friends, plus a few new ones, are here in this marvelous musical adaptation. We’ll meet the captivating Princess Snow White, the prince, the evil queen and, of course, the seven mischievous dwarfs — Sarge, Gabby, Gloomy Gus, Ticklish, Spritely, Snore, and Slowpoke. Following the traditional storyline, the fairy tale is brought to life with an eclectic score of music. Come celebrate the holidays with the fantastic all youth production!

Showtimes are December 4-5 (Friday & Saturday) at 7:00pm

10. Mountain Home Music: An Appalachian Christmas – Once again, Grace Lutheran Church will host this Mountain Home Music High Country tradition, started by Joe Shannon as a way to give back to his beloved community of Boone.

Joe’s old buddy Dave Johnson has once agreed to co-host the evening. What better way to celebrate the real “reason of the season” than to come out early in December before your schedules get too busy and enjoy a free evening of Appalachian style holiday music. We never know for sure who will join us to play and sing, but we always have a stellar line-up of great musicians willing to share their talents as a way to raise money for two worthy charities – The Hospitality House and Santa’s Toy Box.

Yes – the concert is Free – but bring your checkbooks.

11. App Ski Mountain Midnight Blast Session: App Ski is open for the season. Special session of Midnight Blast is 5pm – Midnight. The ice skating rink is open. Please click here for slope updates.

December 6:

1. Family Movies {Now Playing}

2. Christmas at Apple Hill Farm  Friday, November 13 through Sunday, December 13, the farm will be offering mini-tours on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10am to 4pm.

The farm store is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10am to 4pm for all your gift shopping needs.
Join in for a tour of our working alpaca farm where you can meet our alpacas, llamas, goats, donkeys, chickens, and more! After your tour, stop by our farm store to warm up with some homemade hot chocolate while you browse our farm store. You can even pick up a hand-tied wreath or locally grown table top tree.

The Apple Hill Farm Store has been turned into a one-of-a-kind Christmas store with a wide selection of alpaca yarn, socks, scarves, blankets, and teddy bears, as well as a unique collection of locally made gifts and Christmas items for the people on your list.

3. Grandfather Mountain Dollar Days – Celebrate the stillness of winter atop Grandfather Mountain and take advantage of the Dollar Days deals. Residents and employees of Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga and Wilkes counties, along with guests traveling in the same vehicle, pay only $3 per person to enter Grandfather Mountain. Proof of residency or employment required. In lieu of $3, the park also accepts a donation of 3 cans of food per person for distribution to local food pantries. More information available at grandfather.com or 800-468-7235.

4. Chetola’s Festival of Trees – Chetola’s Festival of Trees is a magical holiday event that is sure to please all who walk through the door! Join in the holiday fun at Chetola Resort as the Appalachian/Blue Ridge Room will be transformed into a Christmas spectacle for this inaugural event in support of Western Youth Network. Over 75 themed trees and wreaths will be on display for your viewing enjoyment, along with free hot chocolate and cider to warm your insides as you stroll throughout the room and admire the creativity and dazzling lights.